So I got a Mission belt and a SlideBelts belt to compare and contrast (thanks to those recommending them the other day in the Grip6 thread https://plus.google.com/+ArtemRussakovskii/posts/HjTBceyXYNa
My initial impressions are as follows:Ease of buckling
You only need to aim for one opening, and it slides all the way through.
With SlideBelts, you need to aim to make it through both openings, which is slightly more annoying. But both are super easy.Ease of unbuckling
: Hands-down SlideBelts.
In fact, once I put on the Mission belt, I couldn't figure out how to unbuckle it and in the meantime, it kept buckling tighter and tighter. In the end, I had to look up instructions (none come in the box), and found they actually have an FAQ entry called "Q: Help! I'm stuck in my belt and can't get out. What do I do?" http://missionbelt.com/pages/faq
. The unbuckling is awkward and annoying.
The SlideBelts, on the other hand, couldn't be simpler. You just pull on the buckle away from the body, and then pull the belt out of it.Quality of buckle
: Again SlideBelts.
The SlideBelts buckle feels and looks relatively premium, while Mission looks and feels cheap, even though I got their premium iron version. My wife immediately voted it off.Quality of belt
: Unfortunately, I can't comment on the quality of SlideBelts' leather because I ordered the canvas version. That part seems fine. The leather on Mission, once again, looks and feels cheap. Wife's initial reaction about the buckle was echoed in the leather quality department too.
One other thing to point out here is that SlideBelts go up to the $85 range if you want more premium materials, whereas Mission just has pretty much one quality and tops out around $40-45.Versatility
: SlideBelts, in my scenario. Both belts I ordered were $42. Mission was size medium. SlideBelts, however, could fit up to 48" by default. An easy cut, and it now fits my waist. I think all SlideBelts belts come like that, whereas with Mission belts, you have to pay a few bucks more for a custom one.
The mechanism to attach the belt to the buckle is fantastic on both belts and can be easily opened and secured as you wish. Which means not only can you adjust, but you can easily swap buckles and belts too.Verdict
: Basically, Mission is going back. SlideBelts is staying, and I'll probably order a few more different kinds.
Still waiting for my Grip6 belts and buckles to see how they compare to SlideBelts, but I know SB is going to be hard to beat.Amazon
- SlideBelts: http://amzn.to/1hbIhmc
- Mission: http://amzn.to/1hbIm9i